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Previously published in the print anthology The Mysterious Mr. Quin. When Mr. Satterthwaite's chauffeured car breaks down in isolated Kirklington Mallet, he seeks refuge at the local inn. There he finds only one other guest--the mysterious Mr. Quin. Can they both save Stephen, a local man, from being unjustly sentenced for murder?
Hercule Poirot is preparing for a voyage to South America. Looming in the doorway of his bedroom is an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust and mud. The man's gaunt face registers Poirot for a moment, and then he collapses. The stranger recovers long enough to identify Poirot by name and madly and repeatedly scribble the figure '4' on a piece of paper. Poirot cancels his trip. An investigation is in order. Fortunately, Poirot has the faithful Captain Hastings at his side as he plunges into a conspiracy of international scope -- one that would consolidate power in the deadly cabal known as 'The Big Four.'
Previously published in the print anthology The Mysterious Mr. Quin. While staying with the Keeleys at their country house, Mr. Satterthwaite happens to be in the library while the younger guests are holding a séance. Among the nonsensical messages are two clear ones: "Quin" and "Laidell. " Before long, there is a tragic death in the house, and Satterthwaite, with a little help from Mr. Quin, correctly determines that it wasn't suicide, but murder!
Full Length Play / Dramatic Comedy, Mystery Thriller / 10m, 3f / Interior Set. This little known mystery will surprise and delight Christie fans. The story concerns a physicist named Sir Claude Amory who has come up with a formula for an atom bomb (Black Coffee was written in 1934!). In the first act, Sir Claude is poisoned (in his coffee, naturally) and Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case. He does so after many wonderful twists and turns in true Christie tradition.
Sir Claud Amory's formula for a powerful new explosive has been stolen, presumably by a member of his large household. Sir Claud assembles his suspects in the library and locks the door, instructing them that the when the lights go out, the formula must be replaced on the table -- and no questions will be asked. But when the lights come on, Sir Claud is dead. Now Hercule Poirot, assisted by Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp, must unravel a tangle of family feuds, old flames, and suspicious foreigners to find the killer and prevent a global catastrophe.
Previously published in the print anthology Partners in Crime. While lunching in the chic Gold Room, Tommy masquerades as a blind detective. It is then that the Beresfords are approached by the elegant Duke of Blairgowrie for help in locating his missing daughter.
Joyce Lempiere tells the Tuesday Night Club of an incident that occurred five years ago when she was vacationing at a small inn on the Cornish coast. She was painting a picture of the front of the inn, including details of wet bathing suits drying on the balcony of Denis and Margery Dacre, when she realised she had included blood stains on the pavement. A few days later Margery is found dead, having drowned, and the Club are called to solve the mystery.
A classic Agatha Christie short story, available individually for the first time as an ebook. Sir Henry Clithering returns to Mary Mead to dine with his friends the Bantrys and suggests inviting Miss Marple. Over dinner they discuss the peculiar case of a superstitious woman who is told that a blue geranium will bring about her death. When she dies, her loyal husband is in the frame for her murder...
Agatha Christie's genius for detective fiction is unparalleled. Her worldwide popularity is phenomenal, her characters engaging, her plots spellbinding. No one knows the human heart--or the dark passions that can stop it--better than Agatha Christie. She is truly the one and only Queen of Crime.The Body in the LibraryThe body of a beautiful blonde is found in the library of Gossington Hall. What the young woman was doing in the quiet village of St. Mary Mead is precisely what Jane Marple means to find out. Amid rumors of scandal, Miss Marple baits a clever trap to catch a ruthless killer.
A husband plots his wife's murder in another tale by murder mystery queen Agatha Christie.
When Tommy and Tuppence visit an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they think nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada is a very difficult old lady. But when Mrs. Lockett mentions a poisoned mushroom stew and Mrs. Lancaster talks about "something behind the fireplace," Tommy and Tuppence find themselves caught up in a spine-chilling adventure that could spell death for either of them . . .
El gran científico sir Claud Amory hace una declaración espectacular: alguien le ha robado la fórmula por él inventada y le va a dar la oportunidad a quien la ha robado que la devuelva. En la biblioteca se encuentran su hijo Richard Amory y su esposa Lucia, Miss Caroline Amory hermana de Sir Claud, el secretario Edward Raynor, el doctor Carelli, y la prima de Richard, Barbara. Pero algo sale mal y Sir Claud ha hallado la muerte. El famoso detective Hércules Poirot había sido contratado por Sir Claud para ayudarle a encontrar la fórmula, pero llegó demasiado tarde. Ahora Hércules Poirot deberá desentrañar el misterio de la desaparición de la fórmula y la muerte de Sir Claud.
Previously published in the print anthology The Golden Ball and Other Stories. One frosty evening, millionaire hedonist Silas Hamer is gripped with a sudden fear of his own mortality. He encounters a man who he believes has triggered his spiritual awakening.
Mr. Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host, but he was a man of whome everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to Hercule Poirot that he considered murder and art form, the detective had some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's private collection. Indeed, what began as an absorbing evening of bridge was to turn into a more dangerous game altogether ...
As Jane Marple sat basking in the tropical sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. Then a question was put to her by a stranger: 'Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?' Before she has a chance to answer, the man vanishes, only to be found dead the next day. The mysteries abound: Where is the picture? Why is the hotelier prone to nightmares? Why doesn't the most talked-about guest, a reclusive millionaire, ever leave his room? And why is Miss Marple herself fearful for her life? Of note: A Caribbean Mystery introduces the wealthy (and difficult) Mr Jason Rafiel, who will call upon Miss Marple for help in Nemesis (1971) -- after his death.
Doctor Haydock, the resident GP of St. Mary Mead, hopes to cheer up Miss Marple as she recovers from the flu with a little story. The tale revolves around the return of the prodigal son of Major Laxton, the devilishly handsome Harry Laxton. Harry, after leading a life of childish indiscretions and falling head over heels for the village tobacconist's daughter, has made good and returned to lay claim to his tumbling childhood home and introduce the village to his beautiful new wife. But, the villagers are prone to gossip about young Harry's past, and one person in particular cannot forgive him for tearing down the old house. Will Miss Marple's acumen be up to the task of solving the story?
Previously published in the print anthology Parker Pine Investigates. Plans for England's new submarine have been stolen from the aspiring Prime Minister. Hercule Poirot is summoned to crack the case, but none of the witnesses' accounts are the same ...
Previously published in the print anthology Parker Pine Investigates. Reginald Wade goes to Parker Pyne when he learns that his wife has decided to leave him for another man. Reggie's only hope is that his wife has declared a six-month grace period. If she still feels the same at the end, she wants a divorce. Pyne decides that dark, glamorous Madeline de Sara is just what Reggie needs to console him--but will Mrs. Wade think this is such a good idea?
When civilian life proves too dull for Major Wilbrahams, he contacts Parker Pyne to escape his boredom. Pyne's assistant arranges a chance meeting with the beautiful Freda Clegg and the two join forces, but on leaving for Africa they encounter more than they had bargained for.
Previously published in the print anthology Parker Pine Investigates. Daphne St. John enlists Parker Pyne's aid. She must return a valuable diamond she stole to pay off gambling debts. Now, repenting her rash act, Daphne needs help to return the diamond without its owner being any the wiser.
Maria Packington suspects her husband of having an affair. In an attempt to revitalise her marriage, she responds to an ad from Mr. Parker Pyne - who promises to provide solutions to unhappiness. Maria's life soon undergoes a rapid transformation...
When a six-foot-tall tan giant of man comes into Albert Blunt's International Detective agency, Tommy and Tuppence-married couple and detective aficionados-are in for a treat. Not only has Mr. Stavansson emerged after a two-year Arctic adventure, but he's lost his fiancÉe Hermione too. What telegrams and scraps of information Tommy and Tuppence can gather are all the hope the adventurer has in finding her. But this information leads the duo into dangerous situations, investigating secluded country houses in the dead of night, and that's only the start of it....
Previously published in the print anthology Poirot Investigates. When Violet Marsh's late uncle's first will seems to be a prank, she is desperate to find the second one.
When her maid asks Miss Marple to intervene in the delicate problem of her rather opinionated cousin Gladys, she doesn't think much can be done. Poor Gladys has been accused of stealing a precious brooch belonging to her employers, the reserved Misses Skinner. While one sister malingers with mysterious ailments, the other attends to her every need, and they've both decided that Gladys must go. But, one day there appears a paragon to replace her, the perfect maid, or so they think....
Previously published in the print anthology Parker Pine Investigates. Mrs. Abner Rymer needs help from Parker Pyne. She may be a rich widow, but she's been shunned by her friends and is very lonely. After Pyne takes her to see Dr. Constantine, an Oriental sage, Mrs. Rymer passes out and awakens with a totally different identity!
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